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The Ram Debuts Eight New Recipes During BurgerRama

The RAM and C.B. & Potts Restaurant and Brewery are pleased to announce the debut of eight new tempting burger creations in conjunction with the return of BurgerRama.  Featured now and for a limited time only, the 8th Annual BurgerRama choices are loaded with fresh ingredients that perfectly capture new and exciting flavors.

Denny's Reinvents Kids' Menu With DreamWorks Characters

Denny’s announced the launch of a new kids' menu featuring much-loved characters from DreamWorks Animation's film and television franchises.Kicking off with Penguins of Madagascar, Puss In Boots and Turbo FAST, with many popular characters such as Shrek appearing throughout the year, the colorful characters adorn Denny's kids menu in a variety of interactive, themed puzzles and games to enjoy during mealtime.

Sandoval's Masa 14 Debuts Unlimited Tasting Menu

Acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval’s lively restaurant Masa 14 in Washington, D.C. announced the introduction of a new Unlimited Chef’s Tasting Menu, featuring unlimited small plates and free-flowing cocktails.

Benihana Launches Seasonal Menu Items and Cocktails

Benihana, a leading operator of Japanese theme and sushi restaurants, announced its latest limited-time menu offerings, which will be available exclusively at select Benihana restaurants from April through June.

New York Bavarian Restaurant and Microbrewery Offers Easter Menu

At Paulaner, Wolfgang Ban (also of the former Michelin-starred Seäsonal) has situated his latest contemporary Bavarian restaurant inside an active microbrewery in New York City.Paulaner is a modern take on the traditional beer hall, where friends settle in at long communal tables.

Flat Top Grill Announces Biggest Menu Change in 20 Years

Flat Top Grill is implementing some major changes. For the first time in 20 years, it will be adding new menu items like burritos, salads, stuffed sandwiches, and tacos to complement its more traditional offerings of noodle and rice dishes.

Textured Tastes

From the crunch of something crisped, to the chewiness of dough, snap of a radish, or smoothness of purée, combining textures in the same dish adds depth, excitement, and balance—just like adding acidity or heat.

Asian Influence Shines at Worlds of Flavor

The 17th annual Worlds of Flavor conference will take place April 22–24 at The Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone campus. It’s our flagship event for which we work with 70 to 80 chefs—about 30 from the U.

All Grown Up

Chef Jonathon Sawyer is having a moment. He’s rhapsodizing about the pork chop at his Cleveland restaurant, The Greenhouse Tavern, voice cresting as he describes the delicate flavors, the opaque gravy, the creamy purée that finishes the plating.

A Bitter Victory

Surveying menu data from restaurants across the country from 2013 through 2014, the numbers make one thing clear: Bitter will make its mark as a key menu trend this year. Customers are demanding more of the bitter flavors typically present in vegetables such as cauliflower, collards, kale, and Brussels sprouts as well as India pale ales and bitter tinctures in cocktails.

Fairmont Chicago Hotel Unveils Kosher Kitchen

David Sher, Director of Food and Beverage at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, announces today that the hotel has opened a fully-dedicated on-site kosher kitchen. The kosher kitchen will offer high quality service to guests planning Jewish weddings, Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, and other special events.

Citrus and Grapefruit Trend Upward

While citrus is a year-round favorite, recent trend reports indicate the category of fruits that includes grapefruit, orange, and lemon is poised for a bigger 2015 than years past.Driving the renewed interest in citrus and grapefruit is consumers' inclination toward bold, distinctive flavors as well as ingredients with a healthy perception.

Flying Biscuit Cafe Serves Specialty Pancakes This Month

To celebrate National Pancake Month, The Flying Biscuit Café announced the availability of its specialty Red Velvet Pancakes at participating locations for a limited time only.The eclectic restaurant will be serving the Red Velvet Pancakes in addition to Organic Oatmeal Pancakes with Warm Peach Compote and fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes in honor of the holiday.

Full-Service Chains Must Revamp Image, Technomic Finds

According to Technomic's Future of FSR: Family & Casual Dining Consumer Trend Report, family and traditional casual-dining restaurant visits are threatened by the growing fast-casual sector, which now rates competitively when it comes to food quality but is perceived to offer better value and greater convenience.

Cannabis Pairing Dinner Hosted in Aspen

Cultivating Spirits hosted a cannabis pairing dinner in cooperation with Aspen, Colorado, on Jan. 22.The dinner for 54 served and allowed consumption of cannabis, harmonizing fine wine with high-end cuisine.